After winning the 1981 Heisman, running back Marcus Allen went on to star with the Raiders and Chiefs. He was the first to compile 10,000 rushing and 5,000 receiving yards. A six-time Pro Bowl back, he finished with a then-record 123 rushing touchdowns among his 145 total. The Hall of Famer turned 55 years old today. (Richard Mackson, Peter Read Miller/SI)
Three knocks on the door rang through the mansion’s front hall, beckoning Marcus from the highest steps. “That’s probably them!” he said, bypassing two men on his way down but stopped just before another could open the door for him. Marcus clasped his hands together and welcomed his last guard member, Don Johnson, and his son six year old son, Thomas.
“Welcome,” he greeted, “and hey there, Tommy. I see you’ve got your transformer there.”
Tommy shyly angled into his father’s leg, wide brown eyes staring at all the people.
“Thank you, Mr. Vallaine – I really had no where else to leave him,” Don began to say, when Marcus cut him off.
“Nonsense,” Marcus said, bending over to shake Tommy’s hand. “I brought in some Mario Kart for you. Would you like that?” Tommy nodded. Marcus grinned and then glanced up at all over the guards. “Alright, alright, ease up – you’re scaring him.” He looked at one in particular, Aidan Fallows, who towered over the poor boy the most. “Let’s go get you into that room, okay? Don, I want you watching over him.” The man looked even more grateful, before gently ushering his boy further into the house.